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Toxic Positivity and Unsolicited Advice can be Harmful to Trauma Survivors

We've all seen them, those positive memes and quotes that pepper our newsfeeds offering hopeful messages and inspiration. But are they really helpful? For most people, they aren't. This is especially true for trauma survivors. People can mean well when they post these positive affirmations, but toxic positivity can really negatively affect people with mental … Continue reading Toxic Positivity and Unsolicited Advice can be Harmful to Trauma Survivors

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Trauma and Boundaries

My therapist sometimes jokes that I'm like a cat because I hate when people show me attention. I'm shy, but there is more to it than that. When I was a kid, my father and his friends raped me and passed me around to other disgusting men. I learned that I was an object and … Continue reading Trauma and Boundaries

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The Pandemic and the Increase in Domestic Violence and Harassment

We are all going through a difficult time right now. Social isolation and being confined to our homes is affecting people's mental health. But for domestic violence survivors, being isolated and confined with their abusers can be dangerous, and even deadly. Their abusers know they're cut off from their usual supports. I urge people to … Continue reading The Pandemic and the Increase in Domestic Violence and Harassment